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that was left in the oval office by george w. bush for barack obama. he just put it posted and then on the inside of it was another envelope that said 2.44 through 43. and then the next morning here is a picture of barack obama reading that actual no. the procession of the capitol is always a big deal as we move along pennsylvania avenue and here's a picture of exactly 100 years ago an open carriage and that's william howard taft on the right into the new president woodrow wilson on the left. in 1933 we had a situation with franklin d. roosevelt and herbert hoover. the two of them didn't get along so well. there wasn't a lot of conversations during their right to the capitol in of the pictures the were taken that day roosevelt can be seen leading to the crowd or smiling to the crowd or turning towards hoover and trying to have a conversation. every picture you will ever see he is looking straight ahead ignoring him. there's another times also for the presidents didn't get along so well and those were mentioned in my book and that chapter is called can't we all get along. so
>> this week on moyers & company. >> fundamentally barack obama's pretty conservative. he really is. he's an eisenhower conservative. he's not a liberal. >> i agree 100 percent. i mean, obama has been -- i'm always shocked when people call obama a socialist, because he's -- in fact, i think you might be doing a disservice to eisenhower. >> and -- >> if i can choose to be grateful for my life, love the life i have in the midst of all this, then i can be grateful for other things. >> funding is provided by: carnegie corporation of new york, celebrating 100 years of philanthropy, and committed to doing real and permanent good in the world. the kohlberg foundation. independent production fund, with support from the partridge foundation, a john and polly guth charitable fund. the clements foundation. park foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues. the herb alpert foundation, supporting organizations whose mission is to promote compassion and creativity in our society. the bernard and audre rapoport foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundati
obama offered comfort and support for the have you beening tim's families. >> president obama came to newtown last night. he was trying to comfort the families of those who have children who went to sandy hook elementary school. he went to the classrooms before his natural address and principal dawn hochsprung's daughter that had a caption my mom would be so proud to see president obama holding her granddaughter but not as proud as i am of her. 6-year-old emilie parker's family posted pictures as well. some of them very some der others with her young sibling are full of smilesment after the meetings in the classroom the president told new town that the nation's heart was broken for their loss. >> as a community you have inspired us, newtown. in the face of indescribable center lines, in the face of unconscionable evil, you looked out for each other. you cared for one another. you have loved one an is how ne remembered. >> earlier yesterday authorities told us that hundreds of rounds were fired here on friday. the president said it is now time to better protect the children who cann
. and so i think they're trying to fend that off. bill moyers: obama campaigned on higher rates. and he won. why can't republicans come to terms with that that's how the election came out? yves smith: the republicans have become very dedicated to the idea that taxes in any form are bad. that when, in fact, there are times when taxes can fund productive investments and actually, again, lead to more economic growth. but it's the republicans and ironically, wall street, have basically adopted the same strategy of being non-negotiable. that if they have a blocking position, and they feel that they have a blocking position by virtue of their majority in the house, that they're going to take advantage of it. so regardless of what the election said, if they can stymie a deal to their own advantage, they will. >> given what both of you are saying, why are we talking about reducing the deficit instead of creating jobs? because when people have jobs, they spend money. when they spend money, businesses have customers. when they have customers, the money keeps circulating. and yet washington isn't talk
que cambiar, lo dijo el presidente obama. esta noche, en el homenaje a vÍctimas de la masacre en una escuela de newtown en connecticut, avanza la investigaciÓn en torno a adam lanza, el responsable de la tragedia, se confirmÓ que se suicidÓ al darse cuenta que llegÓ la policÍa, desgarrador testimonio de abuenos de una vÍctima. los acompaÑamos en su viaje desde puerto rico para reencontrarse con su familia, y el poder del chavismo es hoy mÁs fuerte en elecciones regionales ganaron 20 de 23 gobernaciones del paÍs, vamos con toda la informaciÓn. >>> este es su "noticiero univisiÓn" fin de semana, con e fÉlix de vedu. >>> buenas noches, bienvenidos al "noticiero univisiÓn". aunque sin mencionarlo directamente, esta noche el presidente barack obama abriÓ la puerta para tomar medidas en el tema de control de armas en los estados unidos. el mandatario en un homenaje a vÍctimas en newtown, dijo y abro comillas "no podemos tolerar esto mÁs "tenemos que cambiar y aÑadiÓ, "no hay excusa para no hacere nada" dijo que es la cuarta vez en su mandato que le toca dar un discurso l
home. >> last night, president obama joined the grieving and promised their deaths would not be in vain. we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> he gave us a lot of hope and knowing that there's something that's going to be done. >> reporter: police are trying to determine a motive. they say the shooter killed his mother and then broke into zook zook elementary school friday morning. >> it's going to take many, many man hours to attempt to draw this picture together, to put this puzzle together. >> without answers this community waits. >> it's just unimaginable. it's just horrible. >> reporter: hearts heavy as many question how to celebrate the christmas holiday just one week away. schools here do remained closed today. students who did not attend sandy hook will return to class tomorrow. in newtown, connecticut, i'm danielle leigh. >>> as just heard there will be two funerals today. jack pinto l be at 1:00. he was a junior wrestler and a fan of the new york giants. noah pozner, was the youngest victim, he was described as inquisitive
but they take comfort knowing there were several heroes who saved so many young lives. president obama praised their courage at a community vigil last night. >> in the face of indescribeable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you have looked out for each other. >> reporter: 27-year-old victoria soto died shielding some of her first graders from the bullets. >> she is truly a hero. [ crying ] and it's very likely because of her that our son is with us today. >> reporter: school officials say the surviving students won't have to return to the sandy hook elementary school building anytime soon. they will attend classes at another location. as the grieving continues, efforts are under way to resalvage some semblance of normalcy. we have seen moving vans down this road transferring materials from sandy hook elementary school to the new location where the children will eventually be going back to school. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> randall, i wanted to ask you in the aftermath of this one of the things that's come up is gun control and the
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of the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school. >> here's the latest. president obama came here last night, offering comfort to the inconsolable in private. then, in an interfaith service, telling those who lost loved ones, you are not alone. and promising to use all of his powers as president to stop these kinds of tragedies. today, newtown will begin burying its dead. funerals for jack pinto, and noah pozner. >> we'll get to know more about ana marquez-green. she is a little girl who liked to sing while her brother played the piano. we'll bring the latest on the suspected shooter. how police say he got into the school. and why he may have been targeting it. >>> and also, an exclusive, heartbreaking, wrenching interview, with the sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung. what her daughters want you to know about their mother. >> funeral services this afternoon for the two, beautiful little boys. jack pinto, just 6 years old, and noah pozner, just turned 6 last month. this close-knit community is beginning to say good-bye. >> absolutely. this grief-stricken community now has the heartbreaking
the most important part of this is the 20 young angels that we lost this weekend. >> president obama saying friday was the most difficult day of his presidency. last night he addressed the community because everybody had a chance to see that live. one of the things you picked out was the end if we could get the reaction to the president's speech last night. >> charlotte, daniel, olivia, josephine, anna, dylan, madeleine, katherincath kras r- chase, jesse, james, grace, emily, jack, noah, caroline, jessica, benjamin, avielle, allison. god has called them all home. >> i thought that was an amazing way to end the speech last night. >> i think it was exactly the right thing to do. i agree with eric. the other victims here are the other kids in that school who witnessed all of this and are going to have years of trauma in front of them. one of the things i have a difficult time understanding is why they need to be interviewed at that age. authorities think that they do. i think president obama has been too far too many of these in his four years in office. i think he did a good job. for that tow
. thank you. lou: much more on the obama administration's foreign-policy in the middle middle east. the "a-team" towards us coming up. federal workers are thriving in the obama economy with record paid benefits. far outpacing government workers. it seems that government workers still unhappy. unions upset with the new reality of coworker reform. alan wilson joins us and tells us why they should be cheering us why they should be cheering you right to work man: constant tingling in my toes. woman: i had double vision. woman: ty said, "you have multiple sclerosis." man: i kind of had to get a grasp on reality. man: i had to adapt and change very rapidly. woman: i had to learn how to drive with my hands -- yeah, that was interesting. man: a symptom may cause you not to be able to do that anymore, and at one point, i was able to do any of those. man: since've been cycling, it's defitely helped my walking. woman: it's a fantastic opportunity to be working together with a common goal of curing ms, and sharing is the key. lou: michele obama saying that voter suppression was in full force. in so ma
including president obama. he is expected to speak shortly. cbs will carry the president's remarks live as they happen. >>> chilling new details about -- are emerging about the deadly rampage in connecticut that left 28 people dead including 20 children. sources say the shooter, adam lanza, shot his mother four times in the head, apparently as she lay sleeping. computers in the home were found smashed. lanza then drove it to the school and forced his way in by shooting out a window. within minutes he shot and killed the children and six adults, and then as police closed in, lanza shot himself. in newtown, it was a day to mourn their dead at church services. cbs is in newtown where president obama is among the mourners. >> reporter: hundreds of mourners at a vigil in new town gave first respond ears standing ovation. president obama is there to help this community deal with the tragedy. people have been stopping at town memorials all day. while others attended sunday services focused on the tragedy that shattered this tight-knit community. residents leaned on one another as they remember
petallides standing by. nicole: we are looking good. you mentioned boehner and obama speaking once again. many traders that i have spoken with that something, some white, would get done. we are up about one half of a percent. there is the nasdaq sitting right at the 3000 mark. i also want to take a look at two names that have been making news. that is sprint and clear wire. that is about a half of a percent for sprint which is the number three u.s. wireless carrier. now, they will have full ownership of the spectrum. that is some good news for sprint. you are seeing that clear wire is selling off the news. lori: president obama and house speaker john boehner meeting just hours ago. our rich and thin was first to report this news of the meeting. rich, the house speaker seems to be caving on tax hikes, at least a little bit. rich: they have been discussing the ratio with a 121 ratio. they are talking a trillion dollar spending cuts. higher rates on amount of more than $1 million curbs on deductions congress would work out next year. democrats and republicans are also talking about continui
. president obama spoke to a crowd much more than 900 mourners. he was understandably very shaken up e specialspecially since this is not the first time he has had to deal with this tragedy. >> since i have been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> president obama very emotional during that speech, as he was in his address to the nation on friday. privately, he told connecticut governor dan malloy that friday was the most difficult day of his entire presidency. publically, he promised the country that he will use whatever power he has to present another shooting like this. and on nbc's meet the press, california senator dianne feinstein promised he will have a bill to work with. >> a bill to ban assault weapons. it will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. >> feinstein said that bill will be introduced on the first day of congress, both in the house and in the senate. more bill press is co
and caring place. >>> president obama speaks to a grieving connecticut community offering love and prayers and he tells the families of those killed in friday's school shooting that the nation stands with them. good evening everyone i'm heather holmes. >> and i'm ken pritchett in tonight for ken wayne. >> i just hope that it helps you to know that you are not alone in your grief. that our world too has been torn apart. that all across this land of ours we have wept with you. we pulled our children tight. >> and that is president obama as he seeks to comfort the community of newtown community and the rest of america in services this evening recall the horror of the shooting and the innocence of the victims. mr.obama met with the families of the 26 killed. he called on the nation to do more to keep children safe. >>> meantime new information is coming to light about how gunman adam lanza pulled out friday's shooting. he used his rifle to blow the door open. he then killed the principal and school counselor. >> churchgoers in newtown were traumatized once again today when someone phoned in a
, connecticut. president obama traveled to new town to come for the families of those killed at sandy hooke elementary. he also took part in an emotional memorial service for the victims last night. we will now go witlive with rene mars mr sh from new town. >> the nation continues to mourn. the first funerals for two of the students will be held today. >> we will never forget. on sunday morning more than 2000 people came out. >> we offer you our tears and our pain. hour anour anger and our sour. >> we will share with you and try to ease this heavy burden. >> the president's stated that more needs to be done to protect our children. >> these tragedies must end. and in that we must change. >> they just told us here in connecticut that both the school and a home where adam used to live will be shutdown and closed indefinitely. they said that they will still be considered a crime scenes definitely for months. he stated that it will be up to the town officials to decide what to do with sandy hooke middle school after the investigators have cleared up. they stated they're not sure whether not the
in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> innocent babies. that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam lanza had enough bullets to kill about every child in the school if given enough time. >> magazine for the rifle and multiple magazines for the rifle and multiple magazines for both handguns. >> reporter: lanza reportedly ducked into a room and killed himself when he heard police arriving. for their bravery, the police received a standing ovation at sunday's memorial service. erica ferrari for cbs news, newtown, connecticut. >> yesterday's public memorial, president obama met privately with families of the victims. >>> the school massacre in co
, >> president obama reads a first names of the 20 children killed. we now know so much more about some of them. 6 year old jack pinto loved sports. especially football. his favorite player was victoc cruz. cruz paid tribute. 6 year old noah posner to of a beer rambunctious in new how to get whatever he wanted by batting his long eyelashes and looking at you with those big blue eyes. >>this is home video of anna pl aying the piano with her brother. the family just moved here two months ago from canada. 7 year old grace mcdonald love wearing pink and was always smiling. she also loved art. >>she had a passion for teaching. she has emerged as a hero. she died trying to shield her students from the gunman. she wanted to be teachers and she was 3. she loved her kids. she talked about them all the time. the principal died while lunging at the gunman. the married mother of two daughters and three stepdaughters had been in a meeting when the gunshots rang out. she told everybody to go and hide while she and another teacher ran out. >> i'm not angry. i'm not angry. i am just very sad. >> god has
packed the high school to hear president obama offer words of comfort and condolences on behalf of the entire country. tory dunnan is live in newtown, connecticut. prayers >> the lord is my shepard. i shall not want >>reporter: and 26 candles.for the 26 lives lost. in newtown, connecticut sunday night, more than two thousand people gathered to grieve and to mourn. after meeting with the families of those gunned down inside sandy hook elementary school, president obama tried to offer comfort in the aftermath of an unthinkable ahoy crime. >> oi am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow or can heal your wounded hearts, i can only hope it helps that you know you are not alone in your grief >>reporter: outside the high school and around newtown, there are memorials. candles, teddy bears and momentos left by people who traveled many >> to let everyone know our hearts are with them, we're thinking of them. >>reporter: twenty children, 12 girls and 8 boys, all six and seven years old.were killed inside the school, along with six adult women.authorities sa
barack obama partcipa en una vigilia, se conocen nuevos detalles del asesino multiple de conecticut, y los abuelos de la pequeña hispana, y que se mueve dentro de la mente de un criminal? analizamos los perfiles. este es su noticiero univisión fin de semana. >> buenas noches bvienvenidso al noticiero univisión, no podemos tolerar esto más y tenemos que cambiar, son palabras de obama que asiste a una ceremonia multireligiosa. >> es su 4ta vez que habla con familiares de masacres terribles, en vivo enrique saavedra. >> lourdes buenas noches, muchisima gente se reune en la preparatoria newtown parte de la vigilia con otros cleros, los asistentes dentro del auditorio aplaudieron con los policías, ivban todos, vestian un liston verde con un ángel al medio para mostrar su apoyo. >> la comunidad y el estado completo tiene que salir adelante, dijo que ese había sido el día más complicado de su presidencia, dice que newtown nos inspira a todos por como enfrenta la tragedia. >> nos reunimos aquí para recordar a 20 niños 6 adultos maravillosos, perdieron su vida en una escuela, en una
president obama offer words of comfort on behalf of the entire country. tori dunhan is there. >> reporter: president obama came to a community that is grieving. prayers,. >> the lord is my shepherd. >> reporter: and 26 candles for the 26 lives lost. more than 2,000 people gathered to grieve and to mourn sunday night. after meeting with the families of those gunned down. president obama tried to offer comfort in the aftermath of an unthinkable time. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. i can only hope it helps you are not alone this your grief. >> reporter: candles, teddy bears and mememtoes left by people traveling to pay their respects. 20 children, 12 girls 8 boys, all six and seven years old were killed. 20-year-old adam lanza blasted his way into the building with a rifle and fired hundreds of bullets. he killed himself. his mother nancy was found dead in the home. investigators continue to comb through both crime scenes. the president issued a call to action. >> no single law. no set of laws can eliminate e
their weapons are properly stored. >> president obama said he would do whatever in the power his office holds. two children and -- 20 children and six adults were murdered by adam lanza. the nation could be at a tipping point and it is time to think about reinstating the assault weapons ban and also make it harder for the mentally ill to obtain a weapon. police say adam lanza was carrying an arsenal of ammunition when he opened fire at sandy hook elementary. >> we need to accept the reality that we're not doing enough to protect our citizens. >> the shooting has revived a dormant discussion gun-control. >> lettis finally passed -- and let us finally pass common sense laz. >> -- laws. sen. joe manchin says he is rethinking his position on gun control. >> i do not know anyone who goes hunting with an assault rifle. i do not know people who need 30 round clips. >> and rights advocates say tougher laws are not the answer. >> what we do know is that prohibiting people from carrying guns guarantees a worse outcome. >> gun owners of america says congress should lift the ban on gun control. >> want t
in the last few years. >> we cannot tolerate this any more. >> president obama told the community that he will use the power of his of his to make sure another massacre like this does not happen again. >> thanks very much. at 5:00, we will go live to newtown, conn. with continuing coverage of the sandy hook elementary school shooting. >> the first responders during friday's shooting are opening up about the terrible scene they saw unfold. they arrived within minutes and immediately set up triage areas by the rescue truck. they said after a while, the horror began to set in. >> i think that is the toughest part. we are trained to do this and we want to take care of people. we want to keep them alive and there was nothing we could do. >> we want to do anything we could for the children. >> we could have done more. to see those little faces -- >> crews tel console families and there were several parents who stayed most of the night at the firehouse. >> parents and students can expect tighter security at schools nationwide including d.c. >> john gonzalez has the latest on the security efforts
change, to end them. host: president obama at last night's interfaith prayer vigil in newtown, connecticut, speaking to the community hit by friday's elementary school shootings. it's monday, december 17, 2012. the president offered words of solidarity and state and pledged to use the power of the presidency and to prevent future killings. some are asking whether that is an indication on whether he will push for stronger gun control laws. question for you is and should u.s. gun laws change? here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet or join the conversation on facebook, or send us an e-mail. our question for you is whether u.s. gun laws should change? here's the headline in "usa today" -- jumping down into the story, it says -- others are exploring the question of gun laws. we will hear some comments from members of congress this morning. congressional democrats are vowing to push for stricter gun control laws. several democratic lawmakers called yesterday for a new push for gun restrictions, including a ban on military-style assault weapons i
, and they are gathering here tonight to hear from president obama, who is here now at the school right now. tonight in his role has comforter in chief as a father himself, helping to heal a nation in mourning. he is speaking with the families at this hour and around this country tonight, outside philadelphia, a vigil for the victims. in washington, d.c., remembering them with song, holding candles against the night. at a church in detroit, keeping the children, the teachers, in their prayers. and on television today, nfl players, like the teams in the new orleans superdome offering a moment of silence. and this evening a new image of the gunman, adam lanza in a sixth grade yearbook picture years before he would take the lives of 12 little girls, eight little boys and the six women who taught and guided them. our ern tire -- entire abc news team is on the grounds tonight and we begin with the portraits of the lives lost. ♪ this is an abc news special report. tragedy at sandy hook. >> good evening to all of you, i'm diane sawyer, here with george stephanopoulos at abc htd quarters in new york and we sboin
with president obama in newtown for an evening brother vigil. he'll meet with the family0s of the shooting victims. investigators are still trying to find out what prompted 20-year-old adam lanza to shoot his mother multiple times in the face before continuing his killing spree at sandy hookletly that only end when he shot himself in the head. now the town is working to have the youngest survivors not have their lives impacted. >> the policeman told us to close our eyes. and just go out. >> told to us close our eyes because the man was probably dead right there. reporter: a nearby up to is helping by offering up a school that is silting empty to the children of sandy hook. the idea when they go back to school, they don't have to do it in a building struck by tragedy. >> ama: the community has been shaken by this tragedy, and it's not just those directly affected in the shooting. laura an happy to is live from sandy hook with reaction from folks in town. laura? reporter: this is a very tight-knit small community, a village. today it was filled with people and cars from all over the area. bu
obama will be looking much more at the big picture in america. connell: i kind of debated in my own head whether to bring that up in the interview. it is funny that you brought it up right away. a lot of us have been so consumed by this or affected by this terrible tragedy in connecticut. we were already tired of these physical -- fiscal cliff talks. >> what we are tired of is anger. whether it is violence which hollywood should be shameful about, as well as, violence that allows people to purchase firearms. the whole thing is bubbling up. connell: what i meant was, they were not necessarily solving these long-term debt problems. my point was, why not just get it out of the way and move forward. we will see what congressman ringel thinks in a few minutes. not everything will be solved anyway, so let's move on. >> the sense that we are tired of the instability and the food fights. getting this fiscal cliff solution for the american people and forgetting about people shouting at each other as part of the culture that i think this moment of tragedy in connecticut may get us focused on. conn
. thank you. lou: much more on the obama administrati's foreign-policy in the middle middle east. the "a-team" towards us coming up. federal workers are thriving in the obama economy with record paid benefits. far outpacing government workers. it seems that government workers still unhappy. unions upset with the new reality of coworker reform. alan wilson joins us and tells us why they should be cheering you right to work lou: michele obama saying that voter suppression was in full force. in so many states around the country. the first lady, however citing a specific, and it prompted judicial watch president to issue the following statement. this is obama's accusations about minority votes. it shows a dangerous disregard for the truth. we are aware of no evidence of voter suppression. by the way, we have not heard from the justice department one thing at all, mr. eric holder's history that we certainly would have if there had been any incidents of voter suppression. our next guest defenses state's top voter id law. saying that it is a paramount issue of importance that we protect the ele
president obama ending this ceremony, and now people in the audience greeting one another, hugging one another. first responders are still inside. wolf, very moving moment when the first responders came into the room shortly before the service began, there was a standing ovation for them. no doubt many people now approaching those first responders, just wanting to thank them, shake their hand, hug them, perhaps share a tear with them. a lot of people who were watching in overflow rooms and outside huddled under blankets given by the red cross are slowly walking away, past the location where we are, past a makeshift memorial, which is outside the high school, pausing for a moment. some carrying candles. some depositing those candles down on the ground, slowly walking back to their cars with their families. this has been a very moving service hearing from, as you said, a number of denominations, from pastors, we heard from a rabbi, as well as a representative of the muslim community singing. overall, very moving ceremony. don lemon is standing by. he's been talking with people who have b
use this success on the deal between obama and boehner to do some positive deals in 2013. if they can deal with this, they can deal with all sorts of issues. let's hope they get the deal this week. that it's a fair deal. and, yes, it's the start of something big. i'm a guy who believes in government, who believes in winning, who believes in this country's ability to govern itself. to be honest with you, i simply want to be confirmed in my belief. it's tough some days. that's "hardball" for now. politics nation with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. >>> and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, we will have to change. the president's solemn words last night addressing a town in mourning and a nation in grief. the question to all of us is if we don't change now, then when do we change? today, newtown laid to rest two 6-year-olds, killed in friday's last shooting. and as we see the funerals of 25 more victims in the coming days, we all have to ask ourselves are we going to accept countless more images like this, scores of parents burying their children,
, connecticut governor dan malloy will then introduce president obama for his remarks to this crowd. again, you're looking live at newtown, high school in newtown, connecticut and this school tragedy that they're dealing with after friday's shooting. shooting. newtown is a place that loves children above all. families move to newtown because we are a caring and loving community. we are also a place that has great pride in our schools, pride that propels the students in those schools with their outstanding teachers and administrators through high achievement and great personal worth. the horror that was visited upon our sandy hook school was not deserved. it is the angry and desperate act of a confused young man. there is no blame to be laid on us, but there is a great burden and a great challenge that we emerge whole, that these families devastated by unspeakable harm know and trust that we love them and will do everything we can to help them heal. i know that newtown will prevail that we will not fall to acts of violence. it is a defining moment for our town, but it does not define us. we are
demanded action from the president today. new york mayor michael bloomberg says president obama isn't vigorously enforcing background checks on gun buyers and he criticized mr. obama for not naming a permanent director for the federal agency that enforced gun laws. we talked to the mayor today and we pointed out to him that many millions of americans disagree with gun control. >> lots of people think we shouldn't have speed limits. we still have speed limits. lots of people think we shouldn't have public schools. we still have public schools. lots of people are against a lot of different things. a democratic society you have to come together and what a majority of the people want. and every time somebody's on a poll the majority of people want sensible gun restrictions. >> pelley: and in your opinion sensible gun restrictions would include what? >> no guns in the hands of minors, no guns in the hands of criminals, no guns in the hands of people with psychiatric problems, no guns in the hands of people with substance abuse problems, no guns in the hands of people that we put on the n
in that direction. the republicans have some leverage as well. two years ago, obama said he didn't want to hurt the economy, so he didn't want to raise rates on anyone. evidently that his job is secure, he's less interested in everybody else's job, so he is interested in raising top rates, capital gains taxes, subchatter "s" corporation taxes. although that's going to be awfully rough on the economy if he pulls the trigger on that. there are also a series of fights where republicans have more leverage than they do early january. that is the debt ceiling and there the republicans have announced ahead of time the boehner rule remains in place. obama wants a trillion dollars in debt ceiling increase and he's planning on having $8 trillion in higher debt over the next decade, he has to pay for it with spending cuts of equal amounts. the republicans could require tax rates come down as part of a debt ceiling increase. a second tool republicans have and have employed against obama is the continuing resolution. >> yeah. >> because the democrats in the senate have not passed a budget in three or four y
, as president obama said tonight, we can be better than this and hold our leaders accountable. >> to the politics side, this is very interesting to me. this is almost a mirror tragedy of what happened in britain in 1996 and scotland, 16 young 5 and 6-year-old children were killed. it was the worst shooting of its type in modern american history, and as a result, a full handgun ban was brought in. which would not be applicable here, because there are too many in circulation, however, it did happen. but what was most notable about the debate, it was completely non-political. it never descended into left and right. my question for you, steve, is why does this have to be political? why can it not just be a bipartisan, all encompassing, american dialogue, which leads in the end to pragmatic solution? >> i agree with your last statement, absolutely, piers. in fact, our group is a single issue non-partisan group. we have independents, democrats, and republicans on our board and in our membership, and most are elected officials. we actually do take that position. >> do you agree with
measures to restrict gun sales. you may also recall that the mere prospect that barack obama was going to be elected after talking about this caused a huge spike in sales of ammunition. for a while there was such a scarcity of ammunition that police departments were having a hard time getting their hands on it, so i think you can't just trace this to the justice department. there was such an administrative -- administration-wide sort of pullback from the prospect of gun control in the first few days of the obama administration. >> fair point. it really is a political decision that has to be taken at the highest levels. thank you very much. >> you bet. >> thanks, pete williams. >>> well, some gun law advocates are hoping that this tragedy will be different, that this one somehow, the enormity of it, will change the politics of guns. senator dianne feinstein has been leading the charge for decades and joins me now. senator, as you know better than anyone, this was actually one of the issues that propelled you into the limelight tragically as the mayor of san francisco through the shootin
. president obama has vowed to take action against gun violence in the united states following the shooting rampage that left 27 people dead, including 20 young children, in newtown, connecticut. all of the children are aged 6 and 7. the gunman, 20-year-old adam lanza, shot his mother dead at their home before driving to the sandy hook elementary school and forcing his way inside. armed with high-powered rifle, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, lanza shot up to first grade classrooms before taking his own life as police arrived at the scene. lanza still had hundreds of additional rounds of ammo and another weapon in his car, suggesting he would carry out more shootings had the police not closed again. 12 of the victims were girls, eight were boys. all six of the adult victims were women. the school victims all appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. connecticut's chief medical examiner, dr. wayne carver, called the crime scene the worst he had ever witnessed. >> i have been at this for a third of a century, and my sensibilities may not be the average man, but thi
and this service and remarks of president obama who is meeting with family members and expected to take the stage at the newtown high school, in a bit he'll look to obviously, comfort this town, still trying to comprehend and deal with this tragedy. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live outside the school. and ed, the latest there? >> reporter: well, bret, what we're hearing is taking the president some time is each individual families in the classroom, what you're seeing is the auditorium where the president and other dignitaries will speak at the prayer vigil. inside there are classrooms set up for each family to get private time with the president and obviously a grim task with any commander-in-chief and they have to deal with this when families lost loved ones in afghanistan and now it's right here at home and as you noted earlier many times the last couple of hours, it's happened too many times over the president's first term in office. i will note though that people in this community are getting a lot of strength from all corners of the country, all corners of the globe. i spoke
think president obama is emotional now, he said this is the fourth time to comfort communities torn apart by shootings. six of the worst shootings have happened since 2007. this is bordering on an epidemic. >> it's not bordering anymore. it is an epidemic. i think something will change. i watched your show friday. the amount of outrage was higher than i've seen. i think about the opening of saturday night live last night with that rendition of silent night. it feels like people have had enough. he said we have ang obligation to try. i think we all finally realize whether something will work or not we can't just say the assault weapons ban didn't work so well, let's try something like it. we have an obligation to try. there's all of these dead children that are not going to live to see tomorrow. we owe their memories the, our best effort even if it's a flawed effort. >> there has to be a better system. on guns, it has to be a specific debate. it's no good saying ban guns. it's never going to happen in america and there's too many out there. the assault weapons ban, i don't believe it
. we'll talk about how president obama himself is looking at gun violence in a new way with a new determination. you're watching po ining "polit nation" on msnbc. >> we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared to say that we're powerless? in the face of such carnage? that the politics are too hard? are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? i gave birth to my daughter on may 18th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. >> the "politics nation" family has been mourning the deaths of the sanity hook's shooting all weekend. today, people had a lot to say about this touching photo of president obama holding the granddaughter of the school's principal who was killed in the attack. genelle called him the comforter-in-chief. richard says he's a man with a golden heart
in connecticut where president obama met privately with the families of friday's school shooting victims to offer his condolences. >> 26 people died friday after a gunman opened fire inside sandy hook elementary school. >> renee marsh in newtown >> today the first and will be held for to sandy hook students. 60 jack pinto and six your old noah posner. >> on sunday more than 2000 people came out for a memorial service to remember the 26 allies cut short after a 40 save 20 year-old adam landsa shot his way into sandy hook elementary and open fire. >> >> president obama traveled to new town where he met with them in the victims'. >> the portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease its heavy load we will gladly bear it. >> the president praised the community for pulling together and said more needs to be done to protect our children. >> these tragedies must spend. to end them we must change. >> for some lawmakers the shooting here in new town conn was a tipping point. senator dianne feinstein said she would introduce a bill to ban assault waweapons. >> as you heard renee mention gun-control
for the victims. two little boys, jack pinto and noah pozner will be remembered. >> president obama spoke of their loss and the others at a vigil last night. saying we, as a nation, cannot tolerate this kind of violence anymore. we're learning new details about the shooter himself, adam lanza, and how he managed to carry out his deadly massacre. we begin with coverage from abc's tahman bradley. >> he joins us live from newtown where the grieving will take a more private turn later today. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: sunny and rob, good morning to you. today is going to be another tough day for this heartbroken community. funerals will begin today and tomorrow. for some of the victims. and last night's prayer vigil, visited by president obama, is something that this community and the country will not soon forget. >> olivia. josephine. >> reporter: the more than 900 mourners who packed newtown high school heard an emotional president obama admit the country has failed them. >> since i have been president this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community tor
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